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Key Points from Book: Chip War

In today’s world, chips permeate all aspects of our life, from powering our smartphones, TVs, laptops, up to ballistic missiles. War is no longer decided by which side has more tanks, fighter planes, or infantry. Drones and smart-missiles that could … Continue reading

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Key Points from Book: Oceans of Grain – How American Wheat Remade the World

OCEANS OF GRAIN: HOW AMERICAN WHEAT REMADE THE WORLD by Scott Reynolds Nelson By the spring of 2011, we were already seeing some of the longer-lasting results of the 2008 downturn. For example, a surge in the price of grain … Continue reading

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Key Points from Book: How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them

by Barbara F. Walter When Saddam Hussein was captured, researchers who study democratization didn’t celebrate. We knew that democratization, especially rapid democratization in a deeply divided country, could be highly destabilizing. In fact, the more radical and rapid the change, … Continue reading

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Key Points from Book: Wanting – The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life

WANTING: THE POWER OF MIMETIC DESIRE IN EVERYDAY LIFE by Luke Burgis Girard discovered that most of what we desire is mimetic (mi-met-ik) or imitative, not intrinsic. Humans learn—through imitation—to want the same things other people want, just as they … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era

The battle between America’s left and right has come to a very polarizing moment with the election of President Trump. The left wants U.S. government to spend more on social issues related to education, healthcare, and efforts to reduce social … Continue reading

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